A WOMAN OF THE IRON PEOPLE by Eleanor Arnason

A WOMAN OF THE IRON PEOPLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 With intestines full of bacteria engineered to help them digest the local flora and fauna, but otherwise unprepared, Lixia and several Earth colleagues are deposited at widely dispersed points on the surface of an (unnamed) alien planet. Soon, Lixia contacts the furry, bipedal, bearlike natives; she learns that the women live in villages (and-tribes?-named after their principal activities: Iron People, Amber People, People of Fun and Tin, etc.), while at puberty the males become territorial and antisocial and depart to live solitary lives as herders or hunter-gatherers. In spring the women feel lust and go forth to mate with the dominant males and exchange gifts; otherwise there is little contact between the sexes. Lixia's villagers soon come to regard her as a demon and drive her out. She meets Nia, an outcast female ironsmith who once fell in love with a gentle, sociable man, and lived with him, thus acquiring a dubious reputation. Soon, Lixia and Nia and joined by h

Pub Date: April 26th, 1991
ISBN: 0-688-10375-8
Page count: 512pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1991